The name ‘Maame Dokono’ has been within the entertainment industry for close to four decades from the mid-70s till date. Easily the most recognisable industry personality of an era that saw the likes of David Dontoh, Grace Nortey, the late Joe Eyison (Station Master) and the Osofo Dadzie group hold sway in Akan Drama, Maame Dokono has graced the stage in many movies and television series, both English and Twi.
She obtained the stage name ‘Maame Dokono’ from her role as a kenkey seller alongside Joe Eyison as ‘Station Master’ in the popular ‘Obra’ television drama series, which was broadcast on GTV.
She was one of the darling performers who kept the fire burning when the industry suffered from lack of investment in the 80s and co-hosted an educative storytelling television programme for children ‘By the Fire Side’, on Ghana Television.
A teacher by training, she was born on 10 June 1946 at Nyafuman in the Eastern region and attended Abetifi Girls School. Her real name is Grace Omaboe, whom most Ghanaians identify as an actress, singer, and media personality for her roles as a Radio and TV host among others.
During her career, she immersed herself in almost every area of the entertainment industry and excelled in script-writing, acting, radio and TV presenting, fashion, music, and entrepreneurship and succeeded every aspect.
Grace was a writer in the 70s for ‘Osofo Dadzie’ series and later became one of the popular actresses of her time when she played the lead role and produced the Obra series, on GTV.
She featured in such short skits as Kwaku Ananse and Children of the Mountain 2013 and 2016 respectively and several Ghanaian movies both Akan and English with actors like Pascaline Edwards, David Dontoh, and Fred Amugi as well as Grace Nortey, Akorfa Edjeani and many others.
Maame Dokono, for a brief moment, participated actively in politics where she stood as parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in New Abirem for Birim North Constituency in the Eastern Region. She later joined the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which she also quit for personal reasons.
In 2017, she was selected to be President of the 2017 Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) jury and currently runs the former Peace and Love Orphanage which is now Graceful Grace School in Accra.
She is the recipient of several awards including Ghana Actors and Entertainers Awards, Women’s Choice Awards Africa, Life Achievement award, Actress of the year, Best Ghanaian Actress of the year, Ghana Movie Personality of the Year.
She was married twice and is a mother of six including a set of twins Lila and Laura with her second husband.